verb de·mise \di-ˈmīz\

Definition of DEMISE

transitive verb
:  to convey (as an estate) by will or lease
obsolete :  convey, give
:  to transmit by succession or inheritance
intransitive verb
:  die, decease
:  to pass by descent or bequest <the property has demised to the king's heirs>

Examples of DEMISE

  1. <our much beloved, recently demised leader>

Origin of DEMISE

(see 2demise)
First Known Use: 15th century


noun de·mise \di-ˈmīz\

: an end of life

: the end of something that is thought of as being like a death

Full Definition of DEMISE

:  the conveyance of an estate
:  transfer of the sovereignty to a successor
a :  death
b :  a cessation of existence or activity
c :  a loss of position or status

Examples of DEMISE

  1. She had no property at the time of her demise.
  2. The musician met an untimely demise.
  3. We have not had truly local news coverage since the town newspaper's demise three years ago.
  4. Losing this game will mean the team's demise.
  5. … invited visitors to play a game in which points are awarded to those who predict the demise of yet another overhyped dot-com. —Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, 14 Sept. 2000

Origin of DEMISE

Middle English dimise, from Anglo-French demise, feminine of demis, past participle of demettre to dismiss, from Latin demittere to send down, from de- + mittere to send
First Known Use: 15th century
DEMISING Defined for Kids


noun de·mise \di-ˈmīz\

Definition of DEMISE for Kids

:  death 1 <And often the court waited until the demise of two or three potters before searching out their replacements. — Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard>
:  an ending of existence or activity <the demise of a newspaper>


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